Life at its best: 'Where two or three of you come together...'
By Jim Graff
My wife often says that when we stand before the Lord one day, it will be much better to hear, "well done" rather than, "well, you're done."
I agree. All of us will want to know that day that our lives here made a difference in eternity; that our time, talents and resources were invested well into God's work.
After all, we won't be judged corporately as a church, but rather individually on the part we played within the church.
Jesus said, "Again I tell you if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven; for where two or three of you come together in my name, there I am with them." Matthew 18:19-20
Jesus made it clear, it not only takes God's authority to accomplish his work, but also it takes our agreement and unity as believers.
God didn't design us to work independently of each other, but to work interdependently as a team; to join together as a force to share God's truth and love well within our world.
And one thing we can be sure of is it will take all of us to communicate well to the different people within our community.
That's what we see happened in the upper room that day in Acts 2. The Holy Spirit came like a mighty wind and filled the place where these believers had gathered.
Then, tongues of fire appeared and began to separate and rest on the head of every believer, and they begin to speak in other languages.
Foreigners who had gathered for the day of Pentecost began to hear these people declare God's wonders in their own language; every person there heard someone speak in a dialect they recognized and understood.
As a result, 3,000 people heard and responded to the message of salvation that day.
What does that tell us? It tells us that God needs every one of us to be passionate about the influence He has given us in our world; that each one of us can speak the language of someone around us.
I've found that young moms will listen to other young moms about the difference Jesus can make in their life; business people will listen to other business people. Athletes can speak the language of other athletes.
Those who have struggled with addictions in their life will listen to others who have been in that same situation.
Jesus called us the salt of the world. Salt was used to preserve the food of that day. God wants us to be a part of helping to preserve the lives of those around us through his love and truth.
We can't do it all, but we can all do our part to influence the world we live in with our story. We can be part of a team called the local church and see God's work on earth prevail.
Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. www.faithfamilyvictoria.com